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W RITINGI N - D E P TH ANALYSIS O R I G IN ALD ESIG N 2017

The Bi-Weekly Publication of The Catholic Diocese of Lexington

LEXINGTON. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recog- nized Christ the King School Sept. 28 as a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School. Based on all stu- dent scores, subgroup student scores, and graduation rates, Christ the King School is hon- ored in the "Exemplary High Performing Schools" category. Exemplary high performing schools are among each state's highest performing, as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. The Lexington diocese's ca- thedral school was first recog-

Christ the King School earns 2017 National Blue Ribbon School recognition

nized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2005. National Blue Ribbon Schools are active demonstra- tions of preparing every child for a bright future," said Sec. DeVos to the honorees. "You are vision- aries, innovators, and leaders. You have much to teach us: some of you personalize student learn- ing, others engage parents and communities in the work and life of your local schools, and still others develop strong and forward-thinking leaders from among your teaching staff." This is such an honor for Christ the King School," said Principal Paula Smith, Ed.S. Our students and faculty have worked very hard to earn this distinction." Christ the King School strives to build strong moral character in an academically challeng- ing, faith-filled community for grades K-8. All of its teachers are chosen for their competen- cy and dedication to educating the whole child in a Catholic community," according to the school's press release. Christ the King School devel-

Paula Smith, Ed.S., is principal of Christ the King School. Photo provided A crowd held candles during a prayer vigil in front of the Las Vegas city hall on Oct. 2 for those killed and wounded in the attack. Photo: Steve Marcus/AP

Vatican Radio and staffreports LAS VEGAS, NV. Pope Francis has ex- pressed his "spiritual closeness" to vic- tims of the deadly shooting in Las Vegas, which left more than fifty people dead, and hundreds more wounded. In the telegram addressed to Bishop Joseph Anthony Pepe of Las Vegas, the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Piet- ro Parolin, said Pope Francis was "deeply saddened" to learn of "this senseless trage- dy." The Holy Father, he said, "commends the efforts of the police and emergency service personnel, and offers the promise

Church leaders offer prayers, counsel, in wake of Las Vegas attack

of his prayers for the injured and for all who have died, entrusting them to the merciful love of Almighty God." The attack in Las Vegas is being de- scribed as the deadliest mass shooting in United States history. The gunman, identified by police as Nevada resident Stephen Paddock, 64, died at the scene. Police said he fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino onto an outdoor country music festival Sunday night, Oct. 1. At press time, at least 59 people had

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